The Prophet PBUH said: When a slave stands and prays, all his sins are brought and placed on his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, some of them fall from him.” (Bayhaqi, Saheeh al-Jami’)
So from now on when you stand up to pray, imagine all your sins being placed on your head and shoulders and when you go on Rukuu and Sujoud, stay longer to lose as many as you can and picture them falling down and away from you. Understand the purpose of praying… this will help you concentrate …..
When you go to the position of Rukuu, feel and tell Allah with your heart that you will never kneel to anyone but him and picture those sins falling down.
And when you say “Sami’Allahu liman hamidah” (Allah hears who thanks Him) and you say “Rabbana walakal Hamd” (Thanks to you my Lord) you are thanking Him for honoring you and making you stand straight not like the other creatures who walk on four with their back bent. Thank Him for making you able to move and pray.
When you go to the first Sajdah (you put your head down on the floor) you are representing the earth which you came from and when you get up after the first Sajdah you are representing the first time He created you from the earth.
When you go on the second Sajdah again on the ground, you are representing when you die and you go back to the ground and when you get up the second time you are representing the second time when Allah brings you back from the dead on the Day of Judgment, therefore, concentrate with every movement and feel it.
Make a lot of du’aa in Sujoud and remember du’aa is ibadah and Allah loves those who ask Him…ask Him and beg Him… complain to Him… you are better off complaining to Him than to humans….He will never betray you, He will never let you down, He will never look down on you and He is the only one who can answer your needs with your head held high.
Do you know the reason you say “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is greater) every time you move in a prayer?
It’s a reminder that Allah is greater than anything you might be thinking about from this world. So be honest when you say “Allahu Akbar” and remember He is greater than anything that is occupying your mind while you pray.
Do you know when you stand up to pray and say “Allahu Akbar”, Allah stands before you and the minute your mind goes wondering on silly things in this life, Allah turns His face away from you and says (Is there something better than me taking you away from me?)
How lucky are we to have Allah meet us and stand before us 5 times a day, to listen to us and to our problems and to grant us our wishes and forgives us for our sins every day. You say “Allahu Akbar and He is there, you don’t need to stand in front of His door for hours or take an appointment or meet a mediator or a secretary, how generous is He?
May we perfect prayer and worship Allah swt as he ought to be worshipped in sha Allah. Yaa Allah taqabbal salaatana… Ameen.
By fashion I mean skinnys and a long vest top underneath a cute shirt in which your hijab is tucked in so your cute collar necklace can show.
In this little equation there are a number of things that just scream no. Your hairs covered yeah, ma sha allah sis, that IS hard to do, I completely get it. But your fine figure is still showing, your thighs, your hips, your calves. And yes, your cute collar necklace looks super adorable, ma sha allah lovely. But lovely at what cost? The expense of reducing chest coverage. Turban SCARVES with or without polo necks lead to cold necks AND zero chest coverage. Let me just go ahead and add, on TOP of that, you will, in the mind of some, sadly, be confused for a sikh (cold hard truth, it actually happens more often than You think). So in all seriousness, Who really wants any of these things?
So far Ive focused on the negatives, so if youre still not convinced Ima try this angle. Let me put it this way. Sister, youre a potential woman of Jannah. You will someday be someones doorway to Jannah. Your beauty can someday outshine the beauty of the hoor Al ayn. Who doesnt want to be that priviledged (and that darn beautiful!)?
As much as parachute swag may repulse you, parachute swag is the only swag that gives you maximum breezyness, maximum coverage and saves you hours of stressing over wardrobe choices. Most importantly however, youre pleasing your creator and imitating the true female superstars of this world, our mother Khadijah RA, our teacher Aiysha RA and the queen of Jannah herself, Fatima RA. SubhanAllah!
As opposed to following in the swag footsteps of cool welsh arabs and swaggy desi londoners, why not the women of Jannah?
I get it my darling sisters, its hard and you want to look good and youre covering your behind with long tops and your hair is technically covered and so is your skin and all of the rest of it, (these used to be my very own excuses), but once you taste the beauty of reeaaal hijab and real external modesty, you will fall in love. If you dont, make duaa that you fall in love cause once you fall in love, your life will change.
Until then, always in my duaas,
Forever your swaggy sister,
There are two kinds of people. Those who sit and observe and those who act upon observation.
As Muslims, whilst we all have our own demons and internal battles to observe and correct, we sometimes become witnesses to the struggles of others. Ive always been the kind of person who would observe and feel too awkward to say anything. But as of late, alhamdulillah, upon understanding my duty as a Muslim, my interests are now concerned more with helping my brothers and sisters, wanting for them what I want for myself.
However, It was recently said to me by an ‘observer’ that commenting will only ever do more harm than good. It can ruin relationships, turning the struggler away from good all together in the proccess. This has got me thinking non stop, is the threat of upsetting relationships more dire and important to eliminate, than the threat of sin befalling both yourself and the struggler whom you so passively observed.
On the day of judgement people will be so quick to blame others for their shortcomings and sins. Your reluctancy to help may just be the one bad deed needed to tip your scale of deeds towards the side that determines your fate is Jahannam. SubhanAllah. Allahumma Ajirnee Minanaar.
Ya Allah, make it easy for us to practice our ettiquettes of Nasheeha. Ya Allah, unite this ummah, guide us and keep us all steadfast on Deen!
Ameen Thumma Ameen.
Next time you feel “proud” about being from some culture or region remember that all that matters in the eyes of Allah (swt) is you being a Muslim.
Islam is colorblind.